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Monday, April 16, 2012
March27/12: Tasting of Churton Wines (New Zealand) and Hidden Bench Winery (Ontario)
The Date and Time: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Event: Tasting of Churton Wines (New Zealand) and Hidden Bench Winery (Ontario)
The Venue: Fine Wine Reserve
The Target Audience: wine media, sommeliers, FWR clients
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is available, either by consignment through Le Sommelier or at Vintages or the Ontario winery.
The Quote/Background: this was a tasting of sustainable (Hidden Bench) and biodynamic (Churton) wines, available through Le Sommelier in Ontario.
The Wines: Hidden bench also brought along some wines exclusive to licensees: Bistro Rose ($13.51), Bistro Riesling (~$15), Bistro Chardonnay (~$18), and Bistro Pinot Noir (~$21), mostly made from young vines, in limited lots, and available to restaurants and bars. I would rate the Rose and the Riesling, both of which I sampled, at GOOD (3 stars, 85 87). Globe and Earth have bought their own "Globe" labeling from Hidden Bench for similar wines from chardonnay and pinot noir grapes.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Churton Wines 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, $22.95
-Churton Wines 2009 Pinot Noir, $36.95 my FAVE red
-Churton Wines 2008 The Abyss Pinot Noir, $64.95
-Hidden Bench Winery 2008 Felseck Chardonnay, $38.00 my FAVE white